December 8, 2016 - 11:38 am - Posted in News

Sioux Center, Iowa — Voters in the Sioux Center School District have approved a Physical Plant and Equipment Levy or “PPEL.”

(file photo)

(file photo)

The PPEL measure passed 170-41, a margin of 80.57%.

According to school officials, the levy is just a renewal of a standing PPEL, and they say taxes will remain about the same.

Superintendent Patrick O’Donnell says that the money will go toward maintenance of existing school property and joint-owned property as well as needed upgrades.

He says the school population is growing at a faster pace than they had anticipated. He says growth rates were in the single digits fifteen years ago and over the last four years they’ve grown nineteen percent. He says they plan on using the funds to meet their technology needs, both for students and district-wide. Plus they will pay loan notes on the construction of some classrooms.

O’Donnell says that between PPEL and the one-cent sales tax, they hope to continue to build the facilities that the district needs to support the education of students. He says, however, that there are several options as to what that could be. He says they have had a facility study done, and they may add on to certain buildings, or even create a new building. He says they’re looking at what kind of projects would benefit both the school and the community.

According to the Sioux County Auditor’s office, the PPEL will be $1.03 per thousand valuation for all property in the district. The levy will generate about $515,000 for this school year, and it is a 10-year levy.

December 7, 2016 - 10:29 am - Posted in News

Matlock, Iowa — A teenage boy was taken to a hospital by his friends after an accident north of Matlock in Lyon County on Tuesday.
The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 5:10 p.m., a 16-year-old boy was driving a 1990 Ford F150 pickup northbound on Larch Avenue just north of the county line road — 270th Street — when they say the driver failed to maintain control of the vehicle, causing the vehicle to leave the roadway to the right and overturn in a field.

The Sheriff’s Office says the driver was transported to the hospital by friends and a private tow was arranged. The name of the driver was not released.

The vehicle is estimated to be a total loss due to extensive damage.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that Matlock First Responders, the George Fire Department, George Emergency Medical Service, the Lyon County Ambulance crew, and the Iowa State Patrol assisted them with the accident.

December 7, 2016 - 10:02 am - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa– An Orange City woman was taken to a hospital after an accident in Orange City.
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The Orange City Police Department reports that about 2:35 p.m. on Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 77-year-old Eleanor Van Grouw of Orange City was driving a 2007 Chevy eastbound on Second Street Northwest. They say 56-year-old Kenneth Oldenkamp of Alton was southbound on Central Avenue North in a 2009 Dodge pickup.

The report says that Van Grouw told the officer that she had stopped for the stop sign and looked south, but did not look north and pulled out in front of the Oldenkamp pickup.

The Orange City Ambulance took Van Grouw to Orange City Health System Hospital.

Van Grouw’s Chevy sustained $2500 in damages, and Oldenkamp’s Dodge pickup sustained $3000 in damages. A street light pole was also damaged in the accident. It was valued at $750.

Van Grouw was charged with failure to obey a stop sign.

December 7, 2016 - 9:51 am - Posted in News

estrada-martinezHull, Iowa — The investigation into an alleged assault has resulted in a Hull man facing numerous criminal charges.

Sioux County authorities say they received a report of an assault that occurred at a residence in Hull.  Deputies say that, upon further investigation, they discovered that 42-year old Jose Estrada-Martinez of Hull had stabbed his roommate with a knife-sharpening steel rod.  Authorities say that victim sustained minor injuries in the stabbing.

Deputies say further investigation revealed that Estrada-Martinez had provided a false name and a false Minnesota identification card, and had been working at B & M Concrete in Hull under someone else’s identity.  Deputies also discovered that Estrada –Martinez was previously arrested in Sioux County three other times and he provided another false name for those arrests.

According to authorities, Estrada‐Martinez was arrested for assault with intent to do injury, obstructing prosecution, providing false information, possession of false identification, forgery and identity theft.

At last report, Estrada-Martinez was being held in the Sioux County Jail at Orange City.

December 6, 2016 - 9:07 am - Posted in News

Ireton, Iowa — A Le Mars man was taken to a hospital after an accident on Sunday near Ireton.
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The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 1:35 p.m., 46-year-old Penny Lehman of Le Mars was driving a 1999 Chevrolet 3500 pickup pulling a flatbed trailer southbound on Fir Avenue, seven miles southeast of Ireton. They say 67-year-old Duane Riepma of Le Mars was driving a 1992 Chevrolet S‐10 Blazer eastbound on 510th Street. The report says the two vehicles met in the intersection where the Lehman vehicle struck the Riepma vehicle.

The Ireton Ambulance took Riepma to Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars. He was later transported to Mercy Hospital in Sioux City for further treatment of his injuries. A passenger in Lehman’s vehicle, 22-year-old Cerra Lehman of Le Mars reported minor injuries and sought medical attention on her own.

The Lehman pickup sustained about $10,000 in damage. The Riepma Blazer sustained about $5,000 in damage.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports the Ireton Ambulance crew, Ireton Fire Department, Ireton Rescue Squad, the Iowa State Patrol and the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office assisted them with the accident.

They report that the accident remains under investigation.

December 5, 2016 - 6:04 pm - Posted in News

Sioux City, Iowa — An attorney from our area and one just outside our area are two of eight people vying to become a district judge in northwest Iowa.
The attorneys are in the running to replace District 3B Judge Mary Jane Sokolovske, due to her retirement. District 3B includes Crawford, Ida, Monona, Plymouth, Sioux, and Woodbury counties. The remainder of our area is in District 3A, which includes Buena Vista, Cherokee, Clay, Dickinson, Emmet, Lyon, Kossuth, O’Brien, Osceola, and Palo Alto counties.

The two attorneys are Michael Jacobsma of Jacobsma & Clabaugh PLC in Orange City and Darin Raymond, who is the Plymouth County Attorney in LeMars.

Others who are vying for the seat include:

  • Tod Deck: Judicial Magistrate and Deck Law, LLP, Sioux City
  • David Dawson: Assistant County Attorney-Woodbury County, Sioux City
  • Zachary Hindman: Mayne, Arneson, Hindman, Hisey & Daane, Sioux City
  • Roseanne Lienhard: Second Opinion Legal Center and Mediation Services, Hinton
  • Billy Oyadare: Attorney – State Public Defender’s Office, Sioux City
  • Julie Schumacher: District Associate Judge, Schleswig

The Iowa Judicial Branch says that each applicant will be interviewed on December 9th, 2016 at the Woodbury County Courthouse in Sioux City. They tell us that applicants must be members of the bar of Iowa, residents of the Judicial District 3B, and of such age that they will be able to serve an initial and one regular term of office before reaching the age of seventy-two years.

The Commission will submit the names of two nominees to Governor Branstad. Governor Branstad will then appoint one of the nominees to be a district judge. The judge selected will ultimately stand for retention election.

December 3, 2016 - 7:22 am - Posted in News

brennen-rothSioux County, Iowa — Earlier this week we told you about the search that Sioux County Sheriff’s Deputies were conducting to locate a burglary suspect.  Now, that suspect has been apprehended.

According to the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office, Wednesday morning (November 30th) at 11:04 a.m., the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office arrested 23-year old Brennen Roth, of Hartley.

Chief Deputy Nate Huizenga says the arrest stemmed from a report of a suspicious person on a farm property on Goldfinch Avenue, three miles northwest of Sioux Center.

Upon further investigation deputies say they discovered that Roth had entered a building on the property, and when confronted by the resident, he fled the area on foot, triggering a manhunt that lasted for about 4 hours before Roth was located and arrested on a Trespassing charge.

December 2, 2016 - 6:41 pm - Posted in News

Ames, Iowa — Two northwest Iowans and one northwest Iowa cattle feeding operation are going to be honored next week.
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Cattle producers and friends of the industry are being invited to attend the Iowa Cattle Industry Leadership Summit and Political Action Committee (PAC) fundraiser on December 9 and 10. The events will be held at the Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center in Ames.

The events will include a Cattlemen’s Night Out PAC Fundraiser, the Iowa Cattle Industry Leadership Summit, the annual meeting of the Iowa Beef Industry Council, the beef checkoff, the
Iowa Cattlemen’s Association Policy Meetings, a “State of the Cattle Industry” Panel, and
Cattle Industry Awards.

Cattlemen and women from across the state will be honored with a variety of awards throughout the day. Winners from our area include Hall of Fame inductee Kent Pruismann from Rock Valley; the Iowa Beef Quality Assurance Feedyard Award winner, Rock River Feeders, run by Kent Prusimann of Rock Valley; and the winner of the Iowa Beef Quality Assurance Educator Award, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Beef Specialist, Dr. Beth Doran of Orange City.

If you’d like to attend, you can register online at or call 515-296-2266. Follow that same link to more information about the Iowa Cattle Industry Leadership Summit.

December 2, 2016 - 6:40 pm - Posted in News

Sioux Center, Iowa — It’s easy and fun to help others this Christmas season. A community action agency serving our area is holding a fundraiser to help you do that.
Mid-Sioux Opportunity, Inc. is hosting their annual mitten fundraiser by partnering with local businesses in five counties to provide assistance to needy families.

Melany Roling with Mid-Sioux tells us about it.

She says the mittens are paper cut-outs of a mitten that, once they are purchased for a dollar each, are hung in the place of business to encourage others to give as well.

She says they’ve done this fundraiser since 2008.

She gives us an idea of how the money they raise can be used.

She gives us an idea of where you can purchase the mittens.

Mid-Sioux Opportunity, Inc. is a Community Action Agency that fights poverty on the local level serving Cherokee, Ida, Lyon, Plymouth and Sioux counties in Northwest Iowa. You can also purchase mittens in communities in the other counties they serve. Click here for more information.

December 2, 2016 - 6:29 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa– A Sioux Center woman’s SUV and was damaged in a crash on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 near Orange City.
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The Iowa State Patrol reports that about 5:55 AM, 29-year-old Virginia Lopez of Sioux Center was driving a 2002 Chevy Tahoe eastbound on Highway 10, a half mile west of Orange City.

The report says that the call came in as a vehicle in the ditch west of Orange City on Highway 10. The vehicle had been involved in a rollover crash, and a passerby had taken the driver to Sioux Center earlier. Road conditions were mostly covered with snow and ice at the time, according to the trooper

He says he arrived to find no one at the scene, and the evidence showed the vehicle was eastbound and had lost control. He says it crossed the center line and entered the north ditch where it struck a private drive and rolled. He says another trooper made contact with the driver later. He says a license check on Lopez found no valid DL.

Lopez’s Chevy Tahoe sustained $10,000 in damages, which was enough to total the SUV.

Lopez was charged with failure to maintain control.